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How are peptic ulcers diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Peptic ulcers are often diagnosed through endoscopy or x-ray. An endoscope is a camera at the end of a long tube. The doctor guides the endoscope from the throat into the stomach and uses the camera to look for the ulcers. In the x-ray test, the patient first swallows a barium solution that helps reveal ulcers. Peptic ulcers can also be diagnosed by breath tests, blood tests, or stool tests that can identify the bacteria Helicobacter pylori or its antibodies.

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